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TODAY @UNGIFTraffick Twitinterview 9a.m. GMT


sex trafficking, human trafficking, awareness raising, opera, arts( Anya 17) - Officially supported by eleven national and international civil society organizations and UN.GIFT, ' Anya17' is the world's first Opera to reveal the hidden world of Sex Trafficking in the UK. Anya17 premieres on March 7 th in Liverpool before a second performance in Manchester on March 9 th. Tickets are available via


Composed by British Composer Award winner Adam Gorb to an original Libretto by Ben Kaye, Anya 17 was nominated for an award at The House of Lords even before its first performance.


Today librettist Ben Kaye will be talking to UN.GIFT via Twitter. He will share the story behind his inspiration and the challenges to use art to raise awareness about human trafficking. Join us for this Twinterview today at 9:00 GMT!


Inspired by true stories of Trafficking victims and directed by the 'Pete Postlethwaite Award' winning Director Caroline Clegg,  Anya17 will explore the stark choices facing the victims of Sex Trafficking; compliance, violence or escape through drugs, alcohol or death. Perhaps ultimately death is indeed… the only true escape?


Anya17 will be conducted by the renowned Clark Rundell and performed by and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10. The semi-staged production's Cast is drawn from the RNCM, whose young students have recently spent time with Trafficking victims to complete the research into their roles.